Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Syria: Regime, Russians to open aid, exit corridors in besieged Aleppo

July 28, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Syrian and Russian forces are to open humanitarian corridors for people to flee the besieged city of Aleppo, both countries' state media reported Thursday, the day after Syria's army announced it had encircled the city and cut off rebel supply routes. Three relief corridors would be set up to distribute food and medical aid to civilians in a 'large-scale humanitarian operation,' Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, while a fourth would be established in northern Aleppo for rebels who wished to lay down arms and surrender, according to Russian state media."

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/28/middleeast/syria-aleppo-humanitarian-corridors/  

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Syria: Suicide bombing kills dozens

July 27, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"A suicide bombing killed 48 people, among them women and children, Wednesday in northern Syria, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A truck bomb exploded near buildings belonging to a Kurdish security agency and other governmental departments in the city of Qamishli near the border with Turkey, CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reported." (07/27/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/27/middleeast/syria-isis-suicide-bombing/  

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Remorse

July 27, 2016
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Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"After the Iraq War, there was a fairly general sense that the war had been a mistake. There was a sense of remorse over a needless cost of 1000s of American lives, and even more Iraqis. I'm going to predict that if and when pot and kidney sales are legalized, and widely accepted to be the right policy, there will be no similar sense of remorse. Supporters of the war on drugs will not feel a sense of remorse that 1000s were imprisoned for no good reason. If that sense of remorse were going to show up, I'd already expect it to be in evidence by now. ... If kidney sales are legalized, many 1000s of lives will be saved each year. These will be people who now die due to the influence of lobbies such as the AMA. If kidney sales are later legalized, and the policy is seen as working, will the AMA feel a sense of remorse? I doubt it, but I'm not sure why." (07/26/16)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2016/07/pot_legalizatio.html  

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Somalia: Al-Shabab bombs target African Union occupation troops

July 26, 2016
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"At least 13 people were killed when two vehicles packed with explosives went off as they were driven towards a base for African Union troops in the Somali capital, according to officials and witnesses. The first blast happened near an entrance to the base, which is beside Mogadishu's main airport, and the second at a nearby checkpoint manned by Somali government forces. ... The al-Shabab armed group told Al Jazeera it was responsible for the attack." (07/26/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/huge-blasts-heard-airport-somalia-mogadishu-160726035504889.html  

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Iraq: Suicide bomber kills at least 14, including police officers, in Baghdad

July 24, 2016
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Allentown Morning Call    

"A suicide bomber attacked a security check point in northern Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, Iraqi officials said. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his device at one of the busy entrances of the Shiite district of Kadhimiyah, killing at least 10 civilians and four police officers, a police officer said. At least 31 other people were wounded, he added." (07/24/16)

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/ct-iraq-suicide-bombing-20160724-story.html  

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Afghanistan: Powerful blasts kill at least 80 in Kabul protest

July 24, 2016
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Al Jazeera Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Twin explosions targeting a large demonstration by members of Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara minority in Kabul have killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 230, officials have said. The attack on Saturday, near one of the most heavily fortified areas of the Afghan capital, was quickly claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), who have previously targeted the Hazara people. 'Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in... the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,' Amaq, an ISIL-linked website, said." (07/23/16)

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/deadly-blast-kills-10-kabul-protest-160723105351090.html  

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Libya: Three French troops killed in helicopter crash

July 20, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"Three French soldiers have died in Libya after their helicopter was shot down, President Francois Hollande says. The soldiers were killed while carrying out 'dangerous intelligence operations,' Mr Hollande said. Earlier on Wednesday, French defence ministry spokesman Stephane Le Foll confirmed for the first time that its special forces were in Libya. On Tuesday, Associated Press quoted Libyan officials as saying an Islamist militia shot down a French helicopter." ()7/20/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-36843186  

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Mali: Ten soldiers killed, 38 wounded in attack on army base

July 19, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Authorities say gunmen have killed at least 10 soldiers and wounded 38 in an attack on an army camp in Mali. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack early Tuesday in the city of Nampala. An official with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali said the attackers arrived on dozens of pickup trucks and motorcycles and took control of the city before leaving." (07/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/10-soldiers-killed-38-wounded-in-attack-on-mali-army-base/2016/07/19/a6d39102-4da8-11e6-bf27-405106836f96_story.html  

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Assad: US is “not serious” about defeating Islamic State

July 14, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A defiant Bashar al-Assad expressed confidence that Syria's bloody war could be won within months, saying Russia's intervention has helped tip the scales toward victory. Assad spoke exclusively to NBC News on Wednesday at his office in Damascus in a wide-ranging interview about the Syrian war, ISIS, the U.S. and his legacy. He was unruffled by the State Department branding his vow to retake every inch of Syria as 'delusional,' saying it was only a matter of time until he regained full control of his country. ... according to Assad, the 'very frank' relationship he has with [Vladimir] Putin is rooted in their shared values and common interest: defeating terrorists. The Syrian president claimed that's far from true of the U.S., which he accused of not truly wanting to see ISIS'[s] defeat. 'They're not serious,' Assad said." (07/14/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/bashar-al-assad-says-u-s-not-serious-about-defeating-n609036  

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Islamic State admits minister for war Omar the Chechen is dead

July 14, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Isis has admitted a senior leader known as Omar the Chechen is dead, months after the Pentagon and a British-based monitoring group said he was killed in Syria. Abu Omar al-Shishani, regarded by the Pentagon as Islamic State's 'minister of war,' was said to have died in a US air strike in Syria. The account was confirmed at the time both by high-level officials in Washington and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. On Wednesday the Isis propaganda agency Amaq claimed Shishani had been killed in combat in the Iraqi city of Shirqat, south of Mosul." (07/13/16)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/14/isis-admits-minister-for-war-omar-the-chechen-is-dead  

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Fool’s errand: NATO pledges four more years of war in Afghanistan

July 12, 2016
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Ron Paul Campaign For Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"The longest war in US history just got even longer. As NATO wrapped up its 2016 Warsaw Summit, the organization agreed to continue funding Afghan security forces through the year 2020. Of course with all that funding comes US and NATO troops, and thousands of contractors, trainers, and more. President Obama said last week that the US must keep 3,000 more troops than planned in Afghanistan. The real reason is obvious: the mission has failed and Washington cannot bear to admit it. But Obama didn't put it that way." (07/11/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/fools-errand-nato-pledges-four-years-war-afghanistan  

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Shurat HaDin versus Facebook: Vexatious litigation as warfare

July 12, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Facebook, [Shurat HaDin's] suit alleges, assists Hamas (in violation of the US Anti-Terrorism Act) in 'recruiting, radicalizing, and instructing terrorists, raising funds, creating fear and carrying out attacks.' The suit seeks to punish Facebook to the tune of $1 billion for failure to censor public communications of which the Israeli government disapproves. ... Shurat HaDin's lawsuits against Facebook ... are, in a word, 'lawfare': Asymmetric warfare carried out through abuse of legal and judicial systems to accomplish military aims." (07/11/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/6640  

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Somalia: Al-Shabab attack on military base kills at least five

July 12, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"Al-Shabab militants killed at least five Somali soldiers at a military base 25 miles from Mogadishu, the Somali capital, local government officials said Monday. An overnight raid on the facility in the village of Lanta Buuro began with an explosive-laden vehicle driven through the front gates, Ibraahim Aadan Najah, governor of Lower Shabelle province, said. Members of the al-Shabab entered the camp on foot, stole weapons and vehicles and later told Radio Andulus, a local broadcaster supportive of the militant group, it killed 30 Somali soldiers." (07/11/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/07/11/Al-Shabab-attack-on-Somalia-military-base-kills-at-least-five/1511468235963/  

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Carter: More US troops to deploy to Iraq before Mosul offensive

July 12, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"During a surprise trip to Baghdad, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the U.S. will deploy another 560 troops to Iraq -- bringing the total U.S. troop levels authorized for the country to 4,647. The additional troops will deploy in the coming days and weeks and will provide infrastructure and logistical support to the Qarayyah airfield, about 40 kilometers south of Mosul. Earlier in the day, Carter said that U.S. and coalition forces will use the airfield, recently seized by Iraqi Security Forces, as a logistical hub in advance of the upcoming battle for ISIS-held city of Mosul." (07/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/us-deploy-560-troops-iraq-preparation-mosul-offensive/story?id=40489879  

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Unintended consequences and the warfare state

July 11, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mel Gurtov  

"'The danger is, as ever with these things, unintended consequences.' So wrote Prime Minister Tony Blair to President George W. Bush in 2002, as Bush prepared to invade Iraq. Blair's unstinting support of US policy, notwithstanding numerous unknowns and acknowledged large-scale obstacles, is more than a case of over-optimism or misplaced friendship. For as the Chilcot Commission has just concluded after a seven-year long investigation of British policy, bad judgment was multiplied by hubris, a deeply flawed decision-making process, and an unquestioned faith in the ability of military power to resolve political and economic problems." (07/11/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/11/unintended-consequences-and-the-warfare-state/  

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The longest war

July 11, 2016
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Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"President Obama announced, Wednesday, that he would leave more troops in Afghanistan when he exits office than previously planned. Instead of cutting the current troop deployment of 10,000 down to 5,500 soldiers, Obama will now keep 8,400 'in country,' continuing our longest war. Entering the 15th year of armed conflict and military occupation, thousands of lives lost along with hundreds of billions in treasure spent to equip and train Afghan forces and build infrastructure -- and buy off warlords -- recent U.N. estimates find the tyrannical Taliban controlling more actual territory in Afghanistan today than before the 2001 U.S. invasion." (07/08/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/07/08/the-longest-war/  

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The real lesson of Iraq: Nothing was learned, no good was done

July 7, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn  

"Denunciations of Tony Blair as the evil architect of Britain's involvement in the Iraq War often dominate discussions of what happened there and many will look to the Chilcot inquiry to provide further evidence of his guilt. But the demonisation of Mr Blair is excessive and simple-minded and diverts attention from what really happened in Iraq and how such mistakes can be avoided in future. He may have unwisely followed the US into the quagmire of Iraq, but British government policy since 1941 has been to position itself as America's most loyal and effective ally in peace and war." (07/07/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/07/the-real-lesson-of-iraq-nothing-was-learned-no-good-has-been-done/  

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Remarks on the Chilcot Inquiry Report

July 7, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Jeremy Corbyn, MP (Labour, Islington North)  

"Mr Speaker, the decision to invade and occupy Iraq in March 2003 was the most significant foreign policy decision taken by a British government in modern times. It divided this House and set the government of the day against a majority of the British people as well as against the weight of global opinion. The war was not in any way as Sir John Chilcot says a 'last resort.' Frankly, it was an act of military aggression launched on a false pretext as the inquiry accepts and has long been regarded as illegal by the overwhelming weight of international legal opinion. ... The Chilcot Report has rightly dug deep into the litany of failures of planning for the occupation, the calamitous decision to stand down the Iraqi army and to dissolve the Iraqi state. But the reality is it was the original decision to follow the US president into an unprovoked war in the most volatile region of the world and impose a colonial-style occupation that led to every other disaster." (07/06/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/06/the-iraq-war-was-an-act-of-military-aggression-launched-on-a-false-pretext-on-the-chilcot-inquiry-report/  

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Obama breaks promise to end Afghanistan war. Again.

July 7, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"About 8,400 U.S. troops will remain in Afghanistan when President Obama's term in office ends in January, Obama said Wednesday, far more than the 5,500 he had previously promised. The changing troop levels reflect a continuing readjustment of troop levels by Obama as he's struggled between competing goals of maintaining stability in the former terrorist safe haven while fulfilling promises to end the war by the end of his presidency." (07/06/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/07/06/obama-afghanistan/86746010/  

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Syria: Regime declares 72-hour Eid al-Fitr truce

July 7, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Syrian military has unilaterally declared a 72-hour truce covering the whole country, state media report. The 'regime of calm' began at 01:00 on Wednesday (22:00 GMT on Tuesday) and will last until midnight on Friday. A number of rebel groups have said they will respect the truce, which covers the Islamic festival of Eid al-Fitr." (07/06/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36722942  

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The damned man: Blair scorched by Chilcot report

July 6, 2016
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Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd  

"Surprised -- but glad -- to see how scathing the Chilcot Report turned out to be. It's not a criminal indictment, but already, just the bullet points from Chilcot's press conference are highly damning of Blair as a leader: rushing headlong into a totally unnecessary war, with very dubious legal backing, ignoring reports on the likely consequences of the invasion, bowing to belligerent US wishes at every turn, showing incredible disregard for the soldiers he was sending in to occupy a country (and for the innocent civilians of that country, who, Chilcot notes, died in vast numbers) and knowingly exaggerating murky intelligence to justify the unnecessary campaign. All of these points are now thoroughly established and can't be disputed, whatever else one might say about Blair's motives or moral turpitude or criminal responsibility." (07/06/16)

http://www.chris-floyd.com/home/articles/the-damned-man-blair-scorched-by-chilcot-report-06072016.html  

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The crucifixion of Tony Blair

July 5, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Tim Black  

"The politically subconscious point of the Chilcot report, the reason why it has been fetishised, lies not in the tedious 12 volumes themselves, but in a massive act of political-class projection -- a projection of their political and moral failure to oppose the invasion of Iraq on to the figure of Tony Blair specifically, and New Labour generally. The Chilcot report promises nothing less than absolution for this political class. In its attribution of blame and responsibility, in its identification of official errors and decision-making flaws, it promises to exculpate the political class, to absolve it of responsibility for failing to make the case against the war, for failing to recognise, as spiked did 13 years ago, that appealing to the UN for a legal sanction to invade Iraq was not actually an objection to intervention on principle. In Chilcot, a political establishment, in which an overwhelming majority of MPs voted in favour of invading Iraq in 2003, sees its redemption." (07/05/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-crucifixion-of-tony-blair-chilcot-iraq/  

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Iraq: Bombings in Baghdad kill at least 23

July 2, 2016
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New York Times    

"Bombs went off early Sunday in two crowded commercial areas in Baghdad, killing at least 23 people and wounding 61, according to hospital and police officials. The bombings came near the end of the holy month of Ramadan when the streets were filled with young people and families out after sundown. In the first attack, a car bomb exploded in the Karada district in central Baghdad, killing 18 people and wounding 45. Shortly afterward, an improvised explosive device went off in eastern Baghdad, killing 5 people and wounding 16." (07/02/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/07/02/world/middleeast/ap-ml-iraq-bombing.html  

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Lebanon: Army says twin Islamic State terror plots foiled

June 30, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The Lebanese army says it has foiled two terror plots by the Islamic State group targeting residential and tourist sites in the country. The army said in a statement released Thursday that it had arrested five suspects linked to the plots, among them the alleged mastermind. It did not say where or when the suspects were stopped. The country has been on high alert since nine bombs exploded in the eastern border village of Qaa on Monday, killing five residents." (06/30/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/06/30/army-says-twin-is-terror-plots-foiled-in-lebanon.html  

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Afghanistan: Suicide attack on police convoy kills 37

June 30, 2016
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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review    

"A twin suicide attack on a convoy of buses carrying police cadets killed 37 people and wounded 40 others on Thursday, an Afghan official said. The attack took place in Paghman district, some 20 kilometers west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to Mousa Rahmati, the district governor of Paghman. The first suicide attacker struck two buses carrying trainee policemen, and a second attacker targeted those who rushed to the scene to help and hit a third bus, Rahmati said. He said that four civilians were among those killed." (06/30/16)

http://triblive.com/usworld/world/10717970-74/attack-suicide-trainee  

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